US - Russia
Chronology from Jan 2008 to May 2008
: Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo visits Moscow and meets Vladimir Putin and President-elect Dmitry Medvedev.
: A Russian diplomat is expelled from the U.S. for security reasons.
: U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain accuses the Russian government of attempting a “de facto annexation” of Georgian territory, and calls on all nations to condemn Moscow’s actions.
: U.S. Department of Justice approves an $810 million deal allowing Russian steel producer Severstal to purchase the Sparrows Point steel mill in Maryland from ArcelorMittal.
: President Bush travels to Sochi, the Russian resort on the Black Sea, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. The two discuss strategic issues. This is their last meeting as presidents of their respective countries.
: Putin hosts Bush for their final summit together as presidents at Putin’s vacation home in Sochi along the Black Sea in southern Russia. This is their 28th meeting together as presidents of their respective nations.
: President Bush meets outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin at the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest, Romania.
: Bush and Putin attend the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.
: President George Bush travels to Kyiv, Ukraine for meetings with President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
: George Bush arrives for a brief visit to Kiev and meets the Ukrainian political leadership, including President Yushchenko and Prime Minister Timoshenko.
: The Kremlin announces that Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov will be replaced by Alexei Borodavkin as representative to the Six-Party talks in Korea.
: In a speech delivered in Los Angeles, Republican presidential nominee John McCain argues that Russia should be excluded from G8 membership.
: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili meets President George Bush in Washington and urges Washington’s support for placing Georgia on a membership track to NATO.
: Russian law enforcement authorities raid the Moscow offices of BP and TNK-BP.
: In Moscow, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov and Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov meet with U.S. counterparts Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The four discuss pressing strategic issues such as missile defense, NATO expansion, and the CFE Treaty. Gates and Rice also meet with President Putin and President-elect Medvedev.
: In its annual report on human rights, the State Department accuses the Russian government of corruption and electoral abuses.
: Dmitry Medvedev is elected president of the Russian Federation.
: Kosova officially declares its independence from Serbia. The next day the U.S. recognizes this act despite Russia protestations.
: With Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko at his side, Putin tells a group of journalists in Moscow that if Ukraine joins NATO Russia might be forced to target nuclear missiles on that country.
: Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov gives a conciliatory speech at a Munich security conference, the same venue where a year before Putin had launched a scathing broadside at Washington.
: Four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” bombers pass close by the U.S. carrier Nimitz in international waters off of Japan.
: In testimony to Congress, National Director of Intelligence Michael McConnell warns of Russia’s growing financial clout and its willingness to use this to leverage political goals.
: In an interview with a Polish newspaper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov labels U.S. plans to build a global missile defense shield an example of “imperial thinking.”
: Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko make a public appeal to NATO, declaring Ukraine’s readiness to advance to a Membership Action Plan (MAP) with NATO.
: Vladimir Putin appoints Duma lawmaker Dmitri Rogozin as Russia’s permanent representative to NATO. A staunch Russian nationalist, Rogozin’s appointment is a harbinger of difficulties in Russia-NATO relations.